Festivals & Special Events
Thorntree is a multi-cultural school which values and celebrates the wide range of backgrounds and cultures of all of its staff and children and the wider community which it serves.
Each year we learn about different faiths and cultures through class work, assemblies, visiting theatre companies and trips into the community.
Religious Education is non-denominational. We encourage an appreciation of Christian values and beliefs as well as an understanding of world religions, in line with the Greenwich Agreed Syllabus “Windows on Faith”. Whilst acknowledging that the religious traditions in this country are Christian in the main, we learn about the stories and teachings of the major religious traditions and the festivals associated with these.
Here are just a few of the festivals and special events that we celebrate: Harvest, Black History Month, Bonfire Night, Divali, Remembrance Sunday, Anti-bullying Week, Christmas, Chinese New Year, Pancake Day, Mother’s Day, Easter and May Day.
The school choir sings at various events and venues throughout the year, including at the Young Voices Concert at the O2 each year. Our Year 2 class lays a wreath each year on 11th November at the War Memorial in Charlton Village. We participate in Sportathon, Sing Up Day, Jeans for Genes Day, BBC Children in Need, Wear A Hat Day, and many more.
We try never to miss an opportunity. For example, in the autumn of 2010, we were visited by the Olympics organisers and the original Olympic Torch from the London 1948 Olympic Games was lit in our playground. In the summers of 2011 and 2012 we participated in the Chelsea Flower show in collaboration with several other Greenwich schools. In March 2013, the Bishop of Woolwich visited our school.